Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Worship and Ministry Committee (W&M) serves to enrich and nurture the spiritual life of the Meeting through spirit-led listening, discernment and response to the current and changing needs of the community and those who worship with us.
W&M has variety of roles, including:
Current W & M committee members are: Miriam Bennett (clerk), Elizabeth Bailey, Holly Baldwin, Richard Knottenbelt and Henry Selters.
W & M meets monthly and all are welcome to attend.
The Meeting has approved the hosting of the Western Friend magazine Board of Directors Annual Meeting in April, 2020. More news on this later. Also: “It is that time to renew subscriptions to Western Friend magazine. Let Fred know 1) with a check for $28 made out to Fred Koster if you are renewing or would like to begin a subscription (enthusiastically encouraged), or 2) that you are renewing and sending in a check as part of a donation, or 3) you have already paid in advance. Note: subscription prices have not changed for 7 years.”
Please contact Miriam or check the AMM calendar for the date and time of upcoming W & M meetings and to request items for our firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-440-8919
Anyone interested in receiving financial assistance to pursue opportunities related to your spiritual journey may apply for a scholarship through Worship & Ministry. Examples might include attendance at FGC Gathering, MTN Friends Camp, or something else. Click on the link in the section below to access the application form. Once completed, you may email it to: email@example.com or contact Holly as to how to send it by surface mail if you prefer.
Worship and Ministry is offering "Friendly Circles" -- small groups of Albuquerque Friends (and friends of Friends) to gather for spiritual and social support in ways that are mutually acceptable to the group. Sign up and indicate whether you prefer to meet by zoom, conference call or in-person (following agreed-upon protocols).
Groups of about 5 will be randomly assigned within the preferences indicated.
We encourage all Friends to use this opportunity to sustain our sense of community and connection during this prolonged time of separation.
W&M thanks Carol Merrill for carrying much of the inspiration and work of this new offering.
Sign up by September 20 using this link: https://forms.gle/b5DVMa1o6yci53c17.
The Albuquerque Monthly Meeting library operates under the umbrella of the Worship and Ministry committee.
Our library is a rich resource for books, pamphlets and magazines on Quaker topics, as well as on other religious traditions and peace and social concerns.
The library collection includes easily 1,000 volumes, many of which are early editions of classic Quaker texts. (Archival books are stored in the locked AMM office, but may be checked out by accessing the key from the librarian or Meeting Clerk.) In addition, there are hundreds of current texts, cataloged mostly in the Dewey decimal system, with a small section cataloged in the Library of Congress system. A card catalog provides easy access to searches based on author, topic, or title.
Special sections are dedicated to biographies, children’s books, whiteness study, and sanctuary. Additionally, the library contains many CD’s and VHS tapes of interest to seekers.
Items may be checked out and returned on the honor system – so if you have books that you checked out more than a month ago, please kindly return them!
The library committee is small, overseen by long-time librarian, Sarah Malone, who learned to catalog books as a volunteer. Others interested in learning to catalog through our online service or to help maintain the library are always welcome. Occasional library work days give everyone an opportunity to participate in updating our incredible library!
Questions? Contact Sarah Malone at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Materials are checked out on the honor system. If you have retained materials for more than a month, please kindly return them. Materials from our Special Collections (Whiteness Studies and Sanctuary) may be checked out for two weeks at a time.
During COVID-19 shutdown, the librarian will make special arrangements to check out and return books. Contact her at: email@example.com - subject: Book Request
While AMM has a very decent number of current materials on whiteness, racism, and anti-racism, Friends Journal published a list of top selections on these topics. The following link takes you to that listing, courtesy of Friends Journal.